Activities for Babies: 9-12 Months

Babies start learning from the minute they are born.  Over the course of their first year they learn so much, there are a lot of activities that you can do with infants to help with development. Below are a few activities for ages 9-12 months: A Bath Surprise: While your baby is in the bathtub, show him/her a floating toy.  Cover the toy up with the wash cloth and … Continue reading Activities for Babies: 9-12 Months

Activities for Babies: 6-9 Months

Babies start learning from the minute they are born.  Over the course of their first year they learn so much, there are a lot of activities that you can do with infants to help with development. Below are a few activities for ages 6-9 months: The Napkin Game: Place a dinner napkin partially covering your face.  Take the napkin off and say “Peek-a-boo”.  Do this several times before trying … Continue reading Activities for Babies: 6-9 Months

Pregnancy: 25 Stress-Busting Strategies

Pregnancy can be very tough on a mother’s body, mind, and soul.  Below is a list of 25 strategies for lowering your stress.  Some of these can be used even when you’re not pregnant. Write in a journal Enjoy a prenatal message Go for a relaxing swim Join a support group Follow a healthy diet Cuddle with your pet Set manageable goals Plan a date night … Continue reading Pregnancy: 25 Stress-Busting Strategies

Beating the TV Habit

It is helpful to realize that TV shows filmed with one camera are less addictive (due to the lack of a “flicker” every few second from one angle to another.) Repetitive viewing of a favorite DVD does not enhance a TV habit.  All children love repetition.  It allows them to make a story or movie “their own”.  Rather than mindless viewing, they tend to memorize … Continue reading Beating the TV Habit

Easter Basket Ideas!

Fresh ideas for filling Easter Baskets: Peanut butter crackers Sugarless gum Slim jim Bubbles Nail polish Stick on earrings Baseball cards Pencils Crayons Chalk Stickers Gift Cards Make-up Our how about a family Easter Basket.  Fill one easter basket for the whole family.  Choose items for each person and place in one section of the basket! Do you have any other ideas to put into … Continue reading Easter Basket Ideas!

This Works for Me: Teething

-Baltic amber necklaces (you can get them made with a magnetic clasp so they aren’t going to strangle the baby). the amber has succinic acid in it, which is a natural pain reliever. the heat of your skin warms the amber and releases the succinic acid, which absorbs through your skin. it works REALLY well – my kids each had one when they were babies, and … Continue reading This Works for Me: Teething